I graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY several years back. It’s a great school with some nice vegan options, pretty campus, smart students, and lots of other great stuff going for it. But I certainly do remember researching many completely ridiculous and cruel animal experimentswhich have been taking place on my alma mater’s campus under the banner of ‘science.’ When will people realize that animal testing is a sick scam?
Recently, a whistleblower issued a sworn declaration that birds are being denied veterinary care and dying—even before they are experimented on. Vassar animal experimenter Jeffrey Cynx studies the impact of various mutilations on the songs produced by finches. He has cut into birds’ backs to surgically implant testosterone-filled tubes, castrated male birds by suctioning testicular tissue, burned lesions into their brains, and ripped out the birds’ tracheal nerves. What the fuck is wrong with him? His last name shouldn’t be Cynx, it should be Sux.
Now, thanks to PETA’s work with the whistleblower, the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has launched an investigation into a laboratory at Vassar College, where finches and other birds are reportedly packed into cages in a basement before being surgically mutilated in experiments. PETA has fired off a letter to Vassar College President Catharine Bond Hill urging her to conduct an internal investigation. Vassar may also be in violation of the state’s anti-cruelty statute, and PETA is calling on Dutchess County District Attorney William V. Grady to investigate.
While we pursue this case, the best thing you can do is pledge to stand against animal testingand spread the word about the reality of what goes on behind closed doors of institutions like Vassar.